By: Gemma Fagan (@gcfagan86)
The Penguins are looking to complete their sweep of Western Canada after beating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 last night, they will head to the Saddledome in Calgary to take on the Flames in search of the win that will seal the deal.
The Pens will also be hoping to keep the momentum swinging in their direction as it appears they have taken control of their early shaky season form by netting themselves six consecutive wins.
Over the past decade the Pens have found their match ups against the Flames quite fruitful, they have an impressive 9 wins out of 10 games against the Calgary team dating all the way back to 2005.
What makes this record even more remarkable is the fact that Marc-Andre Fleury has been behind the crease for 7 of those wins and there is a good chance the French Canadian would have one extra win under his belt if he hadn’t of gotten injured just over four minutes in to the teams 3-2 shoot out victory over the Flames in 2007.
The Pens are currently sitting pretty with a 90.2 PK percentage which is good enough to have them ranked second overall in the league and this respectable percentage can also be found reflected in their PK stats column against the Flames, they have managed to foil 41 of their opponents 45 PP opportunities giving them a 91.1% kill rate.
However their current power play struggles can also be found in their match ups against the Calgary team over the past decade, While they may occupy the most wins column they have struggled to make the most of their PP chances as they have only scored 7 times on a possible 44 opportunities, that’s a dismal 15.9% success rate for those stat lovers.
But now it’s time to step back into the present, the here and now and for Forward Pascal Dupuis that meant being taken to the hospital as precaution ahead of last nights’ game against the Oilers due to experiencing symptom that may or may not be related to the blood clot issue he suffered with for the best part of last season. The team has since reported that tests came back negative but he will undergo further testing on his return to Pittsburgh, this news maybe positive but it looks like we won’t be seeing the Super Duper in action until the team is confident that it is safe for the French Canadian to suit up in the black, white and gold.
So how much of past result can we bank on? while the stats may tell us our prospects are good, the one thing all hockey fans can count on is that there are no sure things… All a team needs is a lucky bounce of the puck for the course of a game to swing in their favour, So lets sit back and see what the hockey Gods have in store for us tonight. #LetsGoPens